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a church even benedict admits is damaged by division. what would you like to see out of the next pope? >> i would like to see them make some serious changes. >> reporter: pope benedict will leave the vatican on a helicopter for his retreat outside of rome. he says he'll remove himself entirely from the public eye, dedicating the rest of his life to prayer and meditation. nick schifrin, abc news, rome. >> thank you, nick. stay with abc news on this historic day at the vatican. abc's george stephanopoulos will lead our live coverage today as the pope retires. you can find background on this remarkable transition at any time at abcnews.com. >>> well, the u.s. has reportedly embarked in its deepest involvement in syria since the start of the conflict. "the new york times" reports that the u.s. is training opposition rebels and today, secretary of state john kerry is expected to extend another helping hand. here's abc's martha raddatz. >> reporter: this would be the first time the u.s. has given aid to the military side of the opposition forces. i'm told it could be anything from communications
are getting word from a wire service that apparently pope benedict the 16th is about to resign. if you go back a year ago when he turned 85, there was some speculation that he might call it quits because of his declining health. there has been no additional update on why the pope is going to resign, but nonetheless the story is out there. we've got reporters on it. and as soon as we know why, we will share that with you. >>gretchen: that will be huge news obviously, so we'll keep you posted. let's go to the other top story which is the extreme weather alert. now we're talking about down south. a massive tornado caught on camera ripping through the heart of has -- hattiesburg, mississippi. >> happening right outside my hotel. check this out. look at that. >>gretchen: the devastating twister leaving at least 4,200 people without power. >> dude, that's insane. >> oh my! >> it's about to hit sam's. >>gretchen: as the tornado traveled down the main street, it mangled homes, businesses and several buildings on the campus of the university of southern mississippi. >> i saw it right around, as it was
: see you tomorrow. bill: it is a day of history truly. in less than two hours pope benedict xvi departs the vatican as pope for the last time, a remarkable event that has not happened in some 600 years. long before cable. good morning, everybody we'll watch this together. i'm bill hemmer, welcome to "america's newsroom." lovely color. martha: lovely scene there in rome. it is incredible to watch. good morning, everybody. i'm martha. the pope is expected to depart the papal residence today. he will get on a helicopter. that will happen 11:00 our time. you will see it here on "america's newsroom". bill: the pontiff holding a final audience with the cardinals, the church leaders that will choose his successor from among their own ranks. his holiness sharing a brief, private moment with each one of the cardinals. he will stand behind their choice as he prays for them and the next pope in the coming days. >> translator: among you in the college of cardinals, there is the future pope to whom already today i promise my unconditional reference and obedience. for all this with love and gratefuln
worth $48,000. >> ben tracy, thanks. >>> pope benedict steps down on thursday. yesterday he gave his final sunday blessing and defended his decision to retire. this morning the pope changed the conclave rules allowing the cardinals to hold the conclave earlier than normal. and there is news surrounding one of the cardinals who was set to help pick benedict's successor. alan pizzey is in have the can city. >> reporter: more troubles for the vatican and the conclave. cardinal keith o'brien of scotland announced he was resigning and would not take part in the conclave to announce benedict's successor. he was accused of what's called inappropriate contact with four young priests some 30 years ago. the cardinal denies the allegations but said he was not taking part in the conclave so as not to detract from the major issue of choosing pope benedict's successor. that brings the number of voting cardinals down to 115. benedict told the faithful who came to his last sunday blessing that he was not abandoning the church but doing what was best to serve it. in his words, in a
benedict xvi no longer is the leader of the 1.2 billion roman catholics. his resignation the first of any pope in nearly 600 years took effect a couple hours ago. christiane amanpour is joining us. benedict ended his reign a couple of hours ago. what's it like now? what's the mood there? >> reporter: well, listen, i think people are taking it in stock and moving forward but i must say a couple of hours ago when 2:00 p.m. eastern, 8:00 p.m. local, the swiss guard, the traditional guard that protects the pope walked inside, closed the doors when he was at castel go gandolfo and you got that sense of finality t, it's been very dramatic when he flew in his helicopter, landed there, came out on the balcony of the summer residence and told people, i am no longer pope today. i am just a pilgrim. all of a sudden the emotion and enormity of what happened, because it's a precedent-setting event, all of that set in and you saw the pope look almost -- i don't know. almost relieved when he gave his last blessing. having looked very tired in morning in his meeting with the cardinals and yesterday durin
as this week. >> pope benedict xvi giving his last sunday blessing to a massive crowd in st. peter's square. thanking the faithful before he resigns on thursday. and italians are heading to the polls today in a crucial parliamentary election that could shape their future. italy is one of europe's biggest economies. >> kelly: office depot's acquisition of office max among mergers that have been announced recently. wall street appear to have approved but the mergers must get by the justice department. lately they have made a habit of blocking similar deals. what is going on here? joining us is brenda buttner, anchor of "bulls and bears", and always good to see you. why are we seeing so many of these messager deals taking shape? >> money. there is so much corporate cash on the sidelines that has not been invested. essentially what is happening, i think outside the financial sector, it's estimated there is $1.7 trillion on the sidelines in corporate cash reserves. they need to do something with that money. they are feel more confident. they are going to go on a shopping spree and essentially bu
jansing in for tamron hall. following the resignation of pope benedict xvi. the man who will in a minute no longer lead the church. this is his temporary home. we expect to see something that's always followed the death of a pope. the swiss guard both beloved tradition and entrusted with the very real job of protecting the pope will stand down. once he is no longer pope, their job is done. and they will await the election of a new pope. covering this historic event along with me, claudio lavanga is live. also with us, elizabeth lev and father john bartunic, author and priest based in rome. claudio, a crowd gathered as we saw earlier today when the pope came out on to the balcony and saw him publicly as pope for the last time. >> reporter: that's right. that's right, chris. there are still people here to witness that historic moment that will mark the real end of the pontifficate of pope benedict xvi. the church bells started to ring. take a look at you are at that door. the summer residence of the pope. those doors in literally 30 seconds or a minute are going to close down. you can see
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responded to that in a remarkable way. benedict xvi thought it wouldn't play out that way and he was not going to hold the stage simply to hold the stage. he was going to make a humble act of acceptance of what he believes is god's will. >> is he making the decision about when the conclave will start? there are a lot of people who will wait the 15 days. normally it would be a period of mourning, but the pope has not died. >> i find this frankly ratherer puzzling myself. i'm told the decision was made by the dean of the college of cardinals and the guy who runs the church, if you will. it does seem to me to be rather a long time to wait to enclose the conclave. we have already had the three-week period before the pope officially steps down. >> it does seem like there a lot of decisions yet to be made. we were talking about the fact we know the pope is going to go for a short time. then literally straight down the street at the vatican, there's what is essentially a monetary and we're just learning that they have been doing some fix-it-up construction work since this summer. >> i w
where 10s of thens went to see pope benedict xvi. he shocked the world by becoming the first pope in six centuries resigned. the pontiff asked them to pray for him and the next point all of this as cardinals are arriving in rome. there is it a commuter generated images of what happen conclave. they will elect one of the group to elect a leader by secret ballot. the archbishop said all talk of potential candidates end. >> when we go into the conclave all of that stops. it is silence inside of the conclave and the really focus is on the power of the holy spirit. i am looking to this as sort of a very, very super retreat. you just start to pray, and the only indication of how things are going is when they count the votes . >> with more on the ancient and unique process of picking the next leader of the roman catholic church, fox corsphondant loren green joins us from new york. >> very good. shannon. >> this is it a fascinating process. >> cardinal said something important. they will pray for what the church needs and one. things i heard from the catholic hierarchy. what the church needs is
benedict is number one on everyone's list. today he delivered his weekly prayer from his balcony just as he has for nearly eight years but this crowd was worthy of a rock star. his exit on ash wednesday turned church goers into paparazzi. the solemn season of lent in vatican city is now a celebration of the 85-year-old pontiff. the hottest ticket in town, benedict's final audience on february 27th, the day before he steps down. 35,000 people have already requested free tickets, says the vatican. but this extraordinary step creates an extraordinary problem. the church will now have two living popes. >> there are lots of stories -- >> reporter: author george weigel is an nbc analyst. >> technically there are not two popes. he ceases to be pope at 8:00 p.m. february 28th. there has never been a bishop of rome for 1700 years. i think he will make that work because he will simply retire into the deep background and not be seen in public. >> reporter: in meeting with rome's priests benedict said once he steps down he will remain hidden from the home and will live in this renovated monastery and c
is legitimate. >>> 150,000 people gave pope benedict xvi an emotional sendoff early this morning. [ cheers and applause ] >> the pope hel his final general audience at the vatican. he waved from the crowd from the pope mobile and kissed the forehead of several lucky babies. he recalled moments of joy and life of pope while facing great pain. >> i continue for prayers, i ask each of you to pray for me and the new pope. >> he thanked everyone for respecting his decision to step down and to also pray for the cardinals who have the enormous responsibility of picking the new pope. again, they hope to do that by holy week, march 24th. >> can you imagine being there for that? >> that would be amazing. >>> sal's back. he's watching the roads. you are watching bridges, too. >> that's right. we are and the bridges are getting more crowded. this is the peak of the commute. the traffic continues to get busier as we get closer to the 7:30 and 8:00 portion of our commute. let's go outside and take a look at highway 4 westbound you can see traffic is busier than it was. we've been watching it rather clos
of the catholic church later this month. it's a surprise move makes benedict the first pontiff to resign in nearly six centuries his policy has been marked by a range of issues and a number of child molestation scandal and the catholic church including allegations he ignored at least one case of abuse while serving as a cardinal. in a statement, benedict, 85, cited ill health of some reason for his departure. the conclave to elect a new pope will be held by the end of march. president obama reportedly is preparing to announce new reductions to the country's arsenal of nuclear weapons. in his state of the union address tuesday night, obama is expected to announce plans to cut the number of deployed warheads to just over 1000. one-third reduction from the current number of around 1700. a former l.a. police officer accused of killing three people after posting a revenge and a faster online remains on the loose in california. on friday, the lapd announced it would reopen a probe into the incident that caused the former officer, christopher dorner, to lose his job. dorner was fired in 2008 for making f
.m. eastern time -- an update on the release -- the health of the pope. global -- pope benedict pope benedict and 16 -- pope benedict xvi hit his head on a trip to mexico, but they say that had nothing to do with his resignation. this adds to questions about the gravity of the pontiff's condition. on tuesday, the vatican said that pope benedict has a pacemaker and that he had his batteries replaced just three months ago. the effective date of his resignation is the 28th of this month. in business news, billionaire warned buffett is buying the ketchup company -- warren buffett is buying the ketchup company heinz. it is a deal valued at $20 billion. the company headquarters will stay in pittsburgh. he says that congress, the white house, and advocates for seniors have all, in his words, really walked away from social security, leaving the program quote fraying because -- program "fraying." policymakers "use it as a tool of political rhetoric." he says benefit talk -- cuts and tax increases are inevitable, and he questions whether congress is up to the task qt finished up his six-year year term
city, where more than 100,000 gathered in stst. peter's square to hear pope benedict read the angelus to the faithful one final time. anne thompson joins us. the world just saw benedict xvi on that balcony window for the last time. what's the mood been there to y today? >> reporter: i think a lot of gratitude and also sadness to see him retire. but peoplens why he wants to retire. he's 85. he told the crowd that he's not going to abandon the church, alex. he said that in instead god has asked him to lave life of more prayer and meditation, and he says that's more appropriate for someone of his age and his strengths. >> yeah. you know, not to besmirch all this, but there were some reports circulating in some italian papers about blackmail being a reason why the pope was stepping down. how does the vatican address that? >> the vatican has come back very strongly against those reports, alex. they were in a paper called la republica this past week. and the vatican took the unusual step yesterday, the vatican secretary of state, of calling -- of issuing a statement calling the situation b
benedict celebrated his final mass. the mass was held inside to st. peter's basilica so more people could attend. his add vocation telling the vehiclely audience that he's resign for the good of the church. the vatican announced that the papal conclave for the next pope will begin the week after march 15th. we'll be right back. ♪ wow. [ buzz ] delicious, right? yeah. it's the honey, it makes it taste so... ♪ well, would you look at the time... what's the rush? bee happy. bee healthy. with clusters of flakes and o's. oh, ho ho... it's the honey sweetness. i...i mean, you...love. when i first felt the diabetic nerve pain, of course, i had no idea what it was. i felt like my feet were going to sleep. it progressed from there to burning like i was walking on hot coals to like a thousand bees that were just stinging my feet. i have a great relationship with my doctor. he found lyrica for me. [ female announcer ] it's known that diabetes damages nerves. lyrica is fda approved to treat diabetic nerve pain. lyrica is not for everyone. it may cause serious allergic reactions or suicidal though
a little church. >> feel it going through your veins. in less than two weeks, pope benedict will step down and there are speculations about who is going to replace him. >> so what are the chances of an american becoming the next pope? abc's david wright lets us know. >> reporter: cardinal sean o'malley is a prince of the church who lives like a pauper. even his clothes set him apart. cardinal sean, as he likes to be called, wears the simple brown robes of a monk, plus sandals. even in winter in boston. >> he's a holy man, and a man of simplicity. wouldn't that be a lovely thing to have in a pope. >> reporter: the boston arch diocese he inherited was badly tainted. he sold off the cardinal's residence to pay off the victims and moved into a single room. the church has not always been so responsive. >> any new pope is going to have to look at that issue and speak to it. >> reporter: here in rome, there's been an unwritten rule, no pope from a superpower. but vatican watchers say times have changed. >> people realize a cardinal from the united states is not necessarily going to represent u.s.
years old. >>> pope benedict has just days left as the leader of the roman catholic church and their scandal as a transition begins towards a new pope. abc's david wright reports from the vatican. >> reporter: britain's cardinal keith o'brian will not attend the conclave because his presence would be a distraction. this weekend, a british newspaper reported that four scottish priests claim o'brian made unwanted sexual advances on them in the '80s. allegations o'brian denies. it's the latest of several scandals to threaten the dignity of this ancient process. other voting cardinals are known to have covered up for pedophile priests. l.a.'s roger mahoney for one, president obama's former ambassador to the holy sea suggested mahoney consider bowing out too. >> he has to decide for himself in terms of what is in the best interest of the church. >> reporter: then there's the italian papers. full of reports of a dossier prepared for the pope's eyes only. supposedly detailing a sex and blackmail scandal inside the vatican. this is beginning to sound like a dan brown novel. >> well
benedict xvi blessing the faithful in st. peter's square this morning. he will actually resign on february 28th. at least 50,000 pilgrims attended the event during which he made no direct reference for his decision to step down. though he did ask the crowd to continue praying for him and for the next pope. >> kelly: huge crowd. >> heather: i was able to do that. >> kelly: new concerns that the economic downturn we're experiencing may have much greater impact on future retirees than originally thought. >> heather: massive cleanup effort after this, a meteor explosion over russia. we'll update o you on that. >> kelly: middle school teacher accused of bringing a loaded gun to school apparently for self-defense. our legal panel debates what should be done in terms of this punishment if there should be any. >> this employee has infat ways with guns and brought the weapon to the school to protect himself in the event of a violent intruder. [ male announcer ] this is sheldo whose long day setting up the news starts with arthritis pain and a choice. take tylenol or take aleve, the #1 recommended p
and who may be his successor next week on today. pope benedict. >> i look forward to that. to natalie morales with a check on today's headlines. >> good morning. >>> as many as 30 million americans are in the path of a major winter storm that brought snow and high winds to southern arizona wednesday. it forced the first ever suspension of match play at the world golf championships? much heavy snow is causing dangerous whiteout conditions today in kansas and nebraska. hundreds of flights have been canceled. >>> a stunning development today at the bail hearing for south african olympic star oscar pistorius. prosecutors reveal the lead investigator in the murder trial of pistorius is himself facing seven attempted murder charges over a police shooting in 2011. >>> meantime, nike said today it has suspended its contract with pistorius, accused of gunning down his girlfriend on valentine's day. >>> the stunning death of a gynecologist in the baltimore area has many patients wondering if they were victims of a shocking violation of privacy. lisa myers reports. >> reporter: baltimore police
will be stepping down here and -- pope benedict ythe 16th will be stepping down. he had met george at the vatican. pope john shook his hand. he said to him, when you meet did youer and he askes, feed the hungry? you can say, yes, i did. george mcgovern did say that 1000 times over. .- can say that 1000 times over even when we do not realize or knowledge it. continuing to plow ahead, and develop agricultural policies in innovative ways, they can small, -- big and small, so can all of us. thank you. [applause] >> wow. we have had three great addresses this morning. joe be the outlook -- gave the outlook. secretary vilsack challenged us. senator daschle gave an overwhelmingly give you to american agriculture . a lot of food for thought. our panelists will answer some of your questions. yes? no? they are in the back. so, people can line up. i will tell you what, let's take a question from one of the students in the front. ok. yeah. i think a mike is coming up. come to this woman in the front corner. thank you. go ahead. >> my name is travis. and undergraduate student. my question is for all of you. t
benedict the 16th will keep the title as his holiness and will be called pontiffs emeritus . benedictus surprise the world when he announced earlier this month that he would retire effective on thursday. the catholic church is cardinal will meet at the vatican to collect a successor. they're trying to hold a conclave before march 15th, with the hope that a new pope can be chosen before march 17th. it or to have a pope in place for the holy week leading up to easter march 31st. >> watching gas prices this morning as they continue to rise, ever so slightly all across the nation. the national average is $3.78 a gallon. the state of california average is $4.23 a gallon. in san francisco $4.25. in oakland $4.17. in san jose $4.18 said. >> it is 736 cenow we will be back with more in a couple of minutes. a lot of sunshine at the golden gate bridge. it will get more beautiful. get out and enjoy that by all means if you can. we will be right back. get whatever you want, baby. hmm. let's just share a 20 piece. [ internal ] 20 mcnuggets, for only $4.99? oh, man. she's beautiful smart and sensible
that pope benedict xvi will be stepping down, and i'm reminded today of the words of a different pope, pope john 23rd from it, a long time ago he met george at the vatican. george was then heading of president kennedy's food for peace program, and pope john shook george mcgovern's hand. a look at him in the and he said to him, when you meet your maker, and he asks, did you feed the hungry, you can say, yes, i did. george mcgovern could say that 1000 times over. so could the millions men in women and children whose ranches and laboratories the our families, even when we don't always realize or acknowledge it. by continuing to pull ahead, developed agricultural policies and innovate in ways big and small, so we need can -- so indeed can all of us. thank you so much. [applause] >> so, we've had three great addresses this morning. joe giving us the outlook. secretary bill sykes challenging us -- secretary vilsack challenge us and risks we can manage. and senator daschle, just really giving us an overwhelmingly moving tribute and challenge to american agriculture, all of us in this room. a lot o
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